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Old Friends – Thoroughbred Retirement Facility
October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Join us for a special talk at Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, with its founder Michael Blowen, October 18, 3 p.m., 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324. Participants will also get a chance to meet some of the farm’s iconic residents up close.
Old Friends describes itself as Horse Racing’s Living History Museum, providing a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these once celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of equine aftercare.
Blowen, a former Boston Globe film critic, started the organization with a leased paddock and one horse. Old Friends has grown to become a 236-acre farm, with three satellite locations and a herd of more than 240 retired former racehorses and breeding stallions. The organization attracts nearly 20,000 visitors each year. Old Friends has worked tirelessly to successfully advance equine aftercare and has become one of the most recognized organizations in the industry to advocate for these celebrated athletes.